CEO Corner

Get to know the CEO of Breakthrough Public Schools

Welcome to Breakthrough!

Welcome to our CEO Corner — I'm Andrew McRae, CEO of Breakthrough Public Schools (BPS). Please find below my professional bio, along with range of ways to learn more about my work here at BPS. If you ever have a question, don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you so much for your interest in our community of schools.


Andrew M. McRae is a passionate and experienced educator, public speaker, and transformational leader with over 16 years of serving in underserved communities in Houston, Tulsa, and Cleveland. As the founding Chief Academic Officer for Breakthrough Public Schools (BPS), one of the highest-rated networks of tuition-free, public charter schools in Cleveland, Ohio, he is responsible for setting academic vision and strategy, managing data and analytics, revising the curriculum, devising instruction tools, and overseeing all student services.

Andrew's purpose is deeply rooted in building enduring systems of excellence for African-American students and transforming organizations to empower communities. He holds a Master's in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and a Principal certification from the Texas Education Agency. He is skilled in strategic planning, budget management, operational improvement, instructional design, educational assessment, project management, curriculum development, and staff training and leadership. He is also enthusiastic about permission-less learning models that allow students to be the drivers of their learning and reignite their imaginations.

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